My name is
Since 1993 I have been employed in St. George by the Five County Association of Governments and currently serve as a Deputy Director as well as Director of the Association's Community and Economic Development Division.
The largest City in
southern Utah is St. George and is located in the
southwest corner of Utah along the
border of northwestern
As I mentioned, we
live in Santa Clara City which is located
just west and adjacent to
below is a map showing
This area is known as
My wife, MaryAnn and
I reside in
MaryAnn and I are die-hard, long-time Green Bay Packers
fans . We consider ourselves
Another hobby interest of mine is Amateur Radio (also known as "Ham Radio"). I am an FCC licensed Amateur Radio Operator with the FCC issued callsign N7ARE and have been an "ham" operator continuously since March of 1978. I have held an Amateur Extra Class license since 1980.
I was first licensed as an Novice amateur radio operator during my senior year of high school (1978). My first callsign was WB7WRE. I upgraded later that same year to General Class and changed my callsign to the new (at that time) 1x3 "N" format callsigns and was issued the callsign N7ARE . Over the next year or so I upgraded to Advanced and Extra class. This was back when you had to be tested in front of an FCC examiner. Since I liked it then and continue to, I have kept the same callsign.
I have enjoyed over
the years operating HF, both CW (morse
code) and SSB (voice) mainly using very low power (QRP) 5 watts or less
using a Ten Tec Argonaut and later a Ten Tec Argosy, VHF (both weak
signal SSB/CW and FM), and assisting in public service exercises. I now
use a Kenwood TS140S with a Cushcraft AP8 8 band vertical antenna. I use an Icom IC-703 QRP rig for mobile with a full set
of Lakeview Ham Sticks. For VHF (6 meter, 2 meter and 432 MHZ) I use a Yaesu FT857D.
Astronaut Owen Garriott,
W5LFL on board the Space Shuttle Columbia
My most memorable
experience in ham radio came late in 1983 when I was able to complete a
two-way contact (QSO) with Owen Garriott,
the 1st Ham Operator in Space. I was the 1st
The following text from the Johnson Space Center Amateur Radio Club tells the story of the first space shuttle flight to carry Amateur Radio:
"On November 28, 1983, STS-9 was launched carrying Mission Specialist Owen Garriott, Amateur Radio call sign W5LFL, and his ham radio into orbit. For 10 days the Space Shuttle Columbia streaked through the skies, and for the last 7 of those days, hams around the world were sent emotionally into orbit when they heard Dr. Garriott's voice break their squelches calling earthbound stations. But it was just the beginning. Amateur Radio had moved into its newest frontier, and it was there to stay."
Astronaut Owen Garriott on the
to hear a "wav" file
(size=355k) of the first ham radio transmission from Owen as the
It is exciting to know that the new International Space Station will have a permanent Amateur Radio station to allow the astronauts, in their "off time" aboard the station ability to communicate directly with licensed ham operators around the world.
If you are a ham
operator and are coming through St. George don't hesitate to call me.
I'll be happy to give you some travel information or assistance if I
can. Or call me on the 145.49 (-.600) repeater. I'm in the phone
book, or you can call me at work at 435-673-3548.